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After about 15 minutes of operation my mower just cuts off as though it ran our of gas but has not. I have replaced the ignition coil, spark plug, air filter, fuel filter. I have a 17.5 hp Craftsman riding mower.

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I have same problem only thing ive found is gas tank may not be venting properly. Fill tank about half full and leave cap off, if still stalls then probably engine problem

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